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Emerging Church Pastor Rob Bell Denies Authority Of The Bible

Emerging Church Pastor Rob Bell Denies Authority Of The Bible


By Ken Silva


But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. [1]


The Mind Of Christ


As we finish our test of the flawed philosophy of Emerging Church pastor-teacher Rob Bell concerning the authority of Holy Scripture and our ability to understand it we remember that God's Word instructs us – Test everything. Hold on to the good. [2] Since it is Scripture we must test everything by, this would obviously be fruitless unless we could know what it is in fact telling us. But in his book Velvet Elvis: Repainting The Christian Faith Bell denies outright the historic orthodox Christian view of the Bible when he says:


This is part of the problem with continually insisting that one of the absolutes of the Christian faith must be a belief that "Scripture alone" is our guide. It sounds good, but it's not true. [3]


This statement by Bell shows you just how blatant the EC is in their rebellion against the authority of God's Word. What Bell is doing here is setting up a false dichotomy between God, Who authored these Scriptures, and placing our faith in what He says about Himself. So now we focus in on our text above in John 16 where first, Christ Jesus tells us that God the Holy Spirit has an important job to do for the true Christian. Our Lord said – "But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His Own." Then as any good instructor the Master Teacher anticipates the logical question that follows His teaching: "Who is He going to speak for; where will He get this 'Truth'?"


So Jesus says in the next verse – "taking from what is mine and making it known to you." We are told here that this Truth is going to come from Jesus, but there's more because we see that the entire Trinity is involved as our Lord then says – "All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you" (v.15). Which leads us nicely into the other reason that the true Christian will be able to know with assurance what God has said in the Bible – we have the mind of Christ. [4]  


The Denigration Of Scripture


So now the postmodern like Rob Bell who wishes to deny the final authority of the Bible and that the Christian can understand what Holy Scripture says has a problem that not even N.T. Wright can solve for them. An eyewitness reports Christ Jesus telling the born again believer that God the Holy Spirit will guide us into all God's Truth, and then God further informs us that we have the mind of Christ. And a little later on in John's Gospel Jesus asks God the Father to sanctify His true followers "through Thy Truth." God the Son then says to Him – "Thy Word Is Truth." [5]


Can you see now why the Emerging Church, like any cultic group, has to lower someone's trust in Holy Scripture before they can begin to indoctrinate them? If you read the Bible for what it says, you will see there is simply no need for skeptical postmodern spirits like Rob Bell to come along and teach us his own warped and toxic view of the Bible. We need to recognize the following logical flaw of postmodern skepticism here. For them to tell us no one can really know the truth contained in the Bible is itself an absolute statement about truth that they wish us to believe is true.


However, this statement itself is based on their own presupposition and bias that someone can't know for certain what is true. But for them to be able to prove this circular and self-defeating statement they would themselves have to be omniscient (all-knowing) in order to know if it is in fact true that no one can know truth for sure. Until that were to happen what they have told you is nothing more than their own agenda and perspective against knowing truth. Ultimately since they don't think anything can be known to be true exactly, then we would have no way of even knowing if that statement itself is true.


So based on the Truth of what I have just showed you in God's Word, as we test the spirit here, Rob Bell fails the test. For the LORD God Almighty Himself in human flesh says, "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." [6] It's a whole lot wiser to turn your back on Bell and the Emerging Church. The true Christian will just take Jesus at His Word.


 


 






[1] John 16:13



[2] 1 Thessalonians.



[3] Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting The Christian Faith (Zondervan, 2005), p. 067, emphasis mine.



[4] 1 Corinthians 2:16



[5] John 17:17



[6] John 8:32